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    Brian Williams got a reaction from Emanuel in Fuji X-H1. IBIS, Phase Detect 4K beast?   
    I'm not sure I fully understand, but I like this comment a lot!
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    Brian Williams reacted to Emanuel in Fuji X-H1. IBIS, Phase Detect 4K beast?   
    We should all ask so. Not all girls can be pretty. We wish. But happens. Somehow different of a lack of character for sure...
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from BTM_Pix in Fuji X-H1. IBIS, Phase Detect 4K beast?   
    Sure, and likewise, people should just say "yeah, the IBIS isn't that great", as opposed to "you need to fix your technique... there's no perfect camera... quit being such a downer".
    If this was a sun blackspot in a Blackmagic camera, or overheating in an A6300, or IBIS panning issues in a G80 (later fixed by firmware), it would be recognized as a real issue.
    I'm hoping Fuji pulls through, like they usually do, and offers a kickass firmware update at some point that improves things.
    Yeah, I'm shooting at 48 on the T dial.
    No, I only have this 35mm. I'm pretty happy with AF, its not great in this test just because my office is so poorly lit I think.
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    Brian Williams reacted to mkabi in Fuji X-H1. IBIS, Phase Detect 4K beast?   
    It could be that you are not doing anything wrong and thats how it is....
    Or... you might have lemon on your hands, may be take it back to the store and do an in-store comparison with another X-H1?
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    Brian Williams reacted to Andrew Reid in Fuji X-H1. IBIS, Phase Detect 4K beast?   
    Yet more shite footage.
    Wait for mine instead 
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    Brian Williams reacted to Castorp in Fuji X-H1. IBIS, Phase Detect 4K beast?   
    I didn't mean to say that nobody should care about what anyone else thinks. I think reading opinions about new functions and technologies are as interesting as the next guy. Idk, I' I have never and will never buy a camera I haven't held in my hands first. Happy to hear you don't need to. Looking forward to hearing your impressions on the X-H1. Looks like a great camera to me! 
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from Cas1 in Panasonic seems to be announcing something "BIG" on December 15   
    "What the faster sensor DOES allow is faster video AF in contrast-detect mode!"
    Thank god for this, if true. For the past week I've had an E-M1 mark II and a GH5 sitting in my bedroom, and as beautiful as the GH5's 400mbps footage is, I ended up going with the Olympus as I just couldn't accept the GH5's focusing, and this was with firmware 2.1. For stills it was ok (though still not as confident as the E-M1), but for video it was laughable, even just back-button-focusing before I started the shot took a good few seconds to slowly get to where it needed to be. Yes, I usually shoot MF, but I still think a $2k camera should have usable AF.
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from Mark Romero 2 in Panasonic seems to be announcing something "BIG" on December 15   
    "What the faster sensor DOES allow is faster video AF in contrast-detect mode!"
    Thank god for this, if true. For the past week I've had an E-M1 mark II and a GH5 sitting in my bedroom, and as beautiful as the GH5's 400mbps footage is, I ended up going with the Olympus as I just couldn't accept the GH5's focusing, and this was with firmware 2.1. For stills it was ok (though still not as confident as the E-M1), but for video it was laughable, even just back-button-focusing before I started the shot took a good few seconds to slowly get to where it needed to be. Yes, I usually shoot MF, but I still think a $2k camera should have usable AF.
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    Brian Williams reacted to Trek of Joy in Panasonic seems to be announcing something "BIG" on December 15   
    Ehh... no PADF, no sale for me. MF with fly-by-wire native lenses is a joke, same for running one on a gimbal. Literally everyone else has moved beyond contrast only AF at this price point. Despite Panasonic's marketing attempts - DFD isn't the greatest AF system in the world. Yes everyone's needs are different and plenty will never use the AF, so no need to hit me with the condescending "pros never use AF" bullshit. At that price point it needs a competitive AF system. If not I'll keep using Sony and Fuji.
    I was soooooo close to buying a GH5 and a EM1.2 when I was in Hong Kong a few months ago and just completely moving to m43, instead I re-bought the a7rII and a few lenses. I'm now thinking about selling my Fuji kit and going full Sony with the a7r3 and a smaller body like the a6500. I would like 4k60, but I'd like to be able to solo-shoot it on a gimbal utilizing AF.
    I don't buy the speculation about not being able to go PADF because of some contractual thing with Sony either, IMO they're focused on other areas like the video spec and now IBIS - and aren't devoting the resources necessary to program a CDAF/PDAF array since m43 cameras are a small source of revenue and turn little to no profit.
    I don't think something as awesome as 4k120p will get me to switch or even consider this, since DR will still be the same and AF will still suck compared to others. Anyone dreaming of another stop is delusional, since no currently available sensor architecture has delivered a full stop from generation to generation in the last few years, improvements are always incremental, a fun stop would be a dramatic gain. Not going to happen.
    Cheers
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    Brian Williams reacted to wolf33d in Panasonic seems to be announcing something "BIG" on December 15   
    After watching a lot of videos, G9 AF is not that good. In many cases it fails even more than GH5 when tracking. 
    My minimum acceptable level for video AF is A6500, or A9. 
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    Brian Williams reacted to Cinegain in New Panasonic G9 - multiaspect sensor?   
    Reading your posts is like listening to Yoda speak...
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    Brian Williams reacted to wolf33d in New Panasonic G9 - multiaspect sensor?   
    Depends on your need. I guess for 95% of filmmakers, GH5 is definitely better. 

    I am in the market for a 4K60p small camera and not more than $2K. The pros of GH5 over G9 for video you mentionned: 
    VLOG: I do not use it in 4K60p 8bit
    HLG: N/A in 4K60
    ALLI and 10bit : N/A
    Unlimited recording time: I never record for more than 1min
    6K anamorphic: N/A for 4K60p 
    Master Pedestal: never used that 

    G9 on the other hand has Better AF / Better IBIS and less expensive. I will take that any day thanks. 

    Again, depends on what you need. 

     
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from Kisaha in New Panasonic G9 - multiaspect sensor?   
    Ok, fair enough, though have you read Andrew's reviews here for both the E-M1ii and X-T2? Both companies have had abysmal video up to now, but I think both have pulled it together with these two newest cameras. I have the Olympus now, it's video quality is easily as good as the G80. The X-T2 has the same sensor as the A6300, with it's X-Trans business added to it, and it's just as good as the Sony, just with better colors and the same crappy rolling shutter.
    I've owned all four cameras and all had amazing video quality.
    But if you're basing your displeasure with Olympus and Fuji on their past cameras, I can understand that.
     
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    Brian Williams reacted to Don Kotlos in New Panasonic G9 - multiaspect sensor?   
    Lets not forget the power switch. I have no idea why Olympus thinks using both hands to turn on a camera is a good feature. 
    Also the joystick & larger size will be appreciated by sports/wildlife photographers. 
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from webrunner5 in Sony A7R III announced with 4K HDR   
    Who the f#@ can afford a Lecia SL?? That should not be included in this list, you're just bragging now!
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    Brian Williams reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic GH5 - all is revealed!   
    "6K/24p Anamorphic Video Mode, while fun, is severely hampered by its 4:3 aspect ratio"
    UM!
    That's what an anamorphic mode is - 4:3
    Someone let our dear friends at Cinema5D know.
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    Brian Williams reacted to dantheman in Panasonic G85 review - is there any need to get an Olympus E-M1 Mark II for video?   
    I can understand Brian's frustration, some autofocussing systems have become so good that in particular situations, like when shooting with a very shallow dof on a steadicam or just a shot of a person walking towards the camera, will be much easier to achieve with a a6300 or any Canon camera with dual pixel autofocus. There is a reason why professional and expensive camera like a c300 have a good autofocus, it's not a amateur function anymore if it is well implemented.
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    Brian Williams reacted to Cinegain in Panasonic G85 review - is there any need to get an Olympus E-M1 Mark II for video?   
    Look, I'm all about M4/3, but to be honest, the actual sensor performance of just about any APS-C camera kicks M4/3 butt. Butt, I mean, but, it's more than sensor performance alone. Also, performance compared on sites like that are mostly important in terms of stills, perhaps not as much in terms of video, so, that's less of an advantage, but still a significant one. If you can make the rolling shutter work and never had issues with overheating, I'd even say: stick with it, good on you! You get a clear advantage in noise performance, detail and dynamic range (in some capacity) too. G80 wouldn't be a step up in quality. What you would get is a cheaper system. The possibility to mount much smaller lenses, to have better ergonomics (imho), front-facing w/ full touchscreen implementation et cetera. It's more about those things... the sensor is not on the same playing field though. But it's certainly managable going with M4/3, especially if you don't need the lowlight performance per se. I was looking forward so much to the A6300, but I'm glad I didn't get one. Because the rolling shutter and overheating (just knowing it could at any given time... I know it would probably work fine for months on end, but when push comes to shove would let me down at the most inconvenient time) would supersuck. I don't like the ergonomics and design of the camera. No front-facing touchscreen. Colors not that great off the bat. No real plans for the APS-C line-up lenses. Et cetera. Just my 2cts of course, but I choose not to deal with those things. But anyways... so you've had the GX85 right? Then you roughly know what the system is capable of. The G80/85 is a different league as a camera. In sensor performance, not so much. If you're happier with the A6300 than the GX85, I don't see why a G80 would suddenly triumph.
     
    On a unrelated note, *points towards the topic title*... anyone bought an E-M1 Mark II yet? Just curious. It's been out in countries like Germany and The Netherlands for a while now. Also started to see changes in the stock status of several local stores, yet for the time body only is tricky to get a hold of. I guess best would be to sell my E-M1 as kit with the 12-40mm and buy the E-M1 Mark II with all new 12-40mm in kit. Shouldn't make any difference below the line. Guess everyone is waiting for the GH5 announcement on the 4th (full specs + pricing + release date (spring/March/April))... but nobody was like: ooh, I have to get it anyways (not even you fuzzynormal)? I'm actually tempted to maybe pick one up on friday. I love the E-M1 for stills over any other camera. Doesn't mean I'm not interested to see what the GH5 is about... but it's not really the same thing, now, is it? Currently I have all kinds of cameras, so, I'd just be replacing models for their respective successors an keep using each for the areas they excell.
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from sanveer in Photokina 2016 preview and summary of the year in video so far   
    I'd guess it was about 80°F and no, no cover; I did have the screen articulated out for the tests.
    I just got the camera around the time that the newest firmware came out a few weeks ago, and though the firmware notes only mention fixing overheating in still photos, I saw a bunch of people on a DPReview forum claiming to see improvement in video recording (while some claimed to see none). So I decided to do a test myself, though I have no experience with the previous firmwares so I can't really say if there is an improvement or not, but both tests gave me right around 30minutes, which like I said, for me, is more than I'll probably ever need. 
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from wobba in Photokina 2016 preview and summary of the year in video so far   
    As someone who preordered the X-T2 the minute preorders opened, and then cancelled that same preorder in order to buy a used A6300, I have to say I think you're way too hard on the A6300. Yes, the ergonomics are weak compared to the beauty that Fuji is, but it's still a pretty amazing camera, one of the best Sony has made, including its FE line. The X-T2's omission of 120fps and the A6300's inclusion of it was a big factor in my change of plans, as was the fact that it was half the price. From my tests I get 30minutes of 4k before overheating happens, and I've never in my life records for that long in one sitting; I know tons of people do, but I don't and probably never will. And from what I've read from reviews, rolling shutter is the same between both cameras.
    Not trying to knock the X-T2 in any way, I wish I could have both, but to say the A6300 is anything less than great is hard to swallow.
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from kidzrevil in The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here   
    Though I doubt very seriously that they left it off just for kicks - I'm sure there must be a reason for its exclusion, like the macro blocking that others have suggested.
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    Brian Williams reacted to Steve M. in The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here   
    Mattias, a Fuji sales rep, now that's funny! I know he posts some interesting and informative videos on various cameras, but a sales rep....I don't think so!! 
    Nope, wasn't me, probably another smart-ass, like yourself, that too is a know-it-all! Hows that for blowing up?
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    Brian Williams got a reaction from kidzrevil in The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here   
    My bet is on this as well.
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    Brian Williams reacted to Mattias Burling in The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here   
    Nope, I work as a producer. I don't even own anything digital from Fuji, I do however have about 100rolls of Fujicolor and 1000 feet of 16mm Fuji at all times.
    But I have shot with Fuji's in the past and really enjoy them. 
    Here on this forum I'm just having a conversation. That does not mean that I work for the company I'm currently discussing. Specially since I said I was likely NOT to get it at this point. People are always free to ignore my posts or suck an egg if they don't like them
    Kinda like Canon. My theory is that they are holding back a little because releasing overheating cameras and dodgy Log is bad business. Either do it right or not at all.
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    Brian Williams reacted to MattH in The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here   
    Damn. Well perhaps if Fuji receive feedback that this will cost them a lot of sales they may make a change to the firmware.  They need to understand that the cost of a 4k recorder is no small addition. And its not like we are getting 10 bit with it either.  It gets to the point that people may as well buy a dedicated pro video camera.  For such a small change in firmware they could bring a lot of new people to the system.
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